Aircraft mechanics who have worked on planes, both commercially and in the military, may be at increased risk of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used in planes due to its resistance to heat, friction, and corrosion, as well as being a lightweight mineral.
There was a particularly high concentration of asbestos commonly found in airplane brake pads. The stress and friction caused by an airplane braking created a fine asbestos dust that collected in the wheel wells of the aircraft. Aircraft mechanics who serviced and replaced worn down brake pads released this asbestos dust into the air. When inhaled or ingested, the asbestos fibers can become lodged in organ tissue and may lead to the development of peritoneal mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma, or pericardial mesothelioma along with other asbestos-related diseases.
In addition to its use in brake pads, asbestos was widely used on aircrafts as insulation around engines and electrical components. Any part of a plane with the potential to catch fire was likely insulated with a form of asbestos. This would include brakes, epoxies and glues, in addition to the insulation around engines, fuel tanks, and electrical wiring. As airplane mechanics performed maintenance, repairs, and tests in and around these areas they may have been exposed to asbestos dust.
Unfortunately, millions of people have been exposed to asbestos over the years. Only now are we able to see the disastrous effects of asbestos exposure in the workplace. Generally, it takes 10 to 60 years from the time of asbestos exposure until symptoms appear or mesothelioma is diagnosed.
Many of the companies have established trust funds to pay compensation to persons injured by asbestos.
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